From Korea to Hong Kong

We wrapped up MAX Korea today. This was my first time at any MAX other than US. I have to say, I was very impressed. The sessions were good, the speakers were good, the attendees were passionate, and the hotel and conference center were very nice facilities.

I wish I had been able to spend more time on Seoul. We went out for a great Korean meal last night at a place where there was live traditional music. That’s about all I saw of Korea, however, other than the conference center, airport, and what I could see from the taxi in between. Next time, I’ll try to come in a day early. Seoul seems like an amazing city, though a little cold for my taste this time of year (I’ve gotten soft since moving from Washington DC to San Francisco).

I left Seoul this morning very early and arrived in Hong Kong three hours later (three hours flies by with a PSP with SSX and GTA). Scott Fegette and I spent a good portion of the day walking around the city, drooling over various electronics. We both bought cases for our iPod videos (there are no cases currently available in the US), and I’m pretty sure I’ll end up with a new digital camera before I leave. And the best part is the Casio G-Shock store right across the street from our hotel (I’m a huge G-Shock fan).

We had a speaker briefing this evening during which I had a chance to reconnect with several people, and meet several others. Tomorrow morning, the conference begins with the general session led by Mark Anders. I will be doing an expanded version of the presentation I did in Korea called "Next Generation ActionScript". I’ll post it here once I get back to San Francisco.

So far, the trip has been great, but I’m still very jet lagged. My problem is actually more insomnia rather than fatigue. I’m usually able to stay up pretty easily, but every time I try to sleep, no matter how tired I am, I find myself wide awake again in just a couple of hours. I’ve probably slept no more than about 10 hours total since leaving, and it’s starting to take its toll on me. Hopefully I’ll be able to get over the hump tonight, and finally get a good night’s sleep. There are a lot of interesting sessions here, and I don’t want to miss any of them.